Address: 3 More London Riverside, London SE1, UK


Time: Parts open to the public from 8.30am Mon-Fri

Phone: 0207 983 4000

600m from London Bridge

800m from London Bridge

City Hall is a ten storey building situated in Southwark on the south bank of the River Thames, just to the west of Tower Bridge. It’s the headquarters of the Greater London Authority and probably best known as being the office of the Mayor of London, which is situated on the eighth floor.

It was designed by Lord Foster and opened in 2002. Due to its futuristic shape it’s been given many names which include the onion, the helmet, the fencing mask and even the glass testicle. It cost £65m to build which was largely paid for by £43m of private funding and is rented on a 25 year lease.

The inside is equally as advanced as the outside with open plan offices, a 500m walkway and a top floor that has been dubbed London’s Living Room by the architects. It gives incredible views across the city due to its 45m height.

In the 1990’s a design competition was set with dozens of plans being submitted. The best seven were put on show to the public at Oxo Tower Wharf with opinion and comment invited.

The winning entry coupled modern design with an environmentally friendly approach. The shape and materials used are designed to minimise energy use and underground water is used for air conditioning and toilet flushing.

Areas can be hired out, normally for corporate events or occasions like the party for a premiere as occurred for the Tom Cruise film Minority Report.

City Hall sits in a very conspicuous part of the capital. The popular London landmarks nearby include Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, HMS Belfast, The Shard and the Design Museum.

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